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You can book a DfE-funded place on our CPD-accredited Senior Mental Health Lead training. If you’d like to secure your place on our course, please follow these steps to ensure you access funding:

  1. Check the eligibility of your school or FE college on the Department for Education’s terms and conditions
  2. Complete the DfE grant funding form 
  3. Receive confirmation email from DfE
  4. Book and pay for your place on our DfE-assured SMHL training
  5. Upload evidence of your booking to DfE
  6. Receive funding from DfE

This CPD accredited online course for Senior Mental Health Leads is a major training initiative that combines the expertise of Anna Freud Centre trainers with a community of practice, to support senior mental health leads in building a sustainable, whole school approach.

The course is intermediate level and suitable for those in leadership positions who are able to implement strategic, whole school changes following attendance. 

New Autumn 2022 dates available to book now

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Please use the table below to secure your place on your preferred dates. By clicking on the links below, you will be taken to a booking page for that cohort.

Please ensure you can attend all three dates in the cohort before booking a place. Due to varying half term dates across England, some of the dates may not be appropriate to your term time.  

Cohort name and dates

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SMHL4001

  • Thursday 8th Sept
  • Thursday 15th Sept
  • Thursday 13th Oct
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SMHL4002

  • Friday 9th Sept
  • Friday 16th Sept
  • Friday 14th Oct
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SMHL4003

  • Monday 12th Sept
  • Monday 19th Sept
  • Monday 17th Oct
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SMHL4004

  • Tuesday 13th Sept
  • Tuesday 20th Sept
  • Tuesday 18th Oct
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SMHL4011

  • Thursday 22nd Sept
  • Thursday 29th Sept
  • Thursday 3rd Nov

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SMHL4012

• Friday 23rd Sept
• Friday 30th Sept
• Friday 4th Nov

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SMHL4015
• Wednesday 28th Sept
• Wednesday 5th Oct
• Wednesday 9th Nov

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SMHL4028

• Monday 17th Oct
• Monday 31st Oct
• Monday 28th Nov

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SMHL4030

• Thursday 20th Oct
• Thursday 3rd Nov
• Thursday 1st Dec

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Find out more about our Senior Mental Health Lead course:

Who is it for?

If you have strategic responsibility for mental health in your setting, this offer is tailor-made for you. The practical course uses a robust evidence base to upskill senior leaders to influence, promote and embed the whole school or college approach to positive mental health and wellbeing that is sustainable.

‘Senior mental health lead training - a community-wide approach to improving mental health outcomes in your school or FE college ’ is the right course for:

  • Newly designated Senior Mental Health Leads - you will require some prior knowledge and experience of the role appropriate for an intermediate learner
  • Senior Mental Health Leads that have been in post over a longer period of time

Entry requirements

To successfully apply for this course, you must have strategic responsibility for mental health in your setting.

What are the benefits to me and my school?

Through this course you will build your own personalised plan to put in place a whole school or college approach to mental health awareness. The aim is to support the identification and understanding of mental health needs.  You will learn practical skills to enable you to measure pupil wellbeing, work more effectively in partnership with local mental health services, prioritise staff wellbeing, and promote good mental health across the curriculum and the wider school community.

This will equip you with the necessary skills to successfully meet the core outcomes identified in the Green Paper.

By the end of the two-day course Designated Senior Mental Health Leads will be able to:

  • Articulate a plan for how they will put in place a whole-school approach to positive mental health and wellbeing, which embodies respect and values diversity.
  • Set out how they will make use of the existing systems to put in place a whole school-approach to mental health and wellbeing throughout the school environment.
  • Illustrate how they will use any formal curriculum teaching opportunities and resources in the school/college to promote good mental health and outline how they will use existing systems to implement this.
  • Develop a plan for how they will involve the student body in the school/college in the co-production and embedding of their whole school approach, including identifying opportunities for peer-led wellbeing support.
  • Demonstrate how they will work with all staff in the school/college to raise mental health awareness and literacy, using existing established systems.
  • Explain how they will make use of existing systems and staffing within their school/college to support earlier identification of, and intervention for, pupils/students with mental health issues.
  • Outline how they will work with/through the mental health provision in their local area in order to develop a good understanding of outcome measures used by mental health professionals and recognize any gaps that need filling in terms of mental health provision for their pupils/students in the school/college setting.
  • Map the geography of mental health service provision in their local area and set out their plan for how best to embed interaction with those that are relevant to their particular setting.
  • Lay out a plan for how they will involve parents/carers/families and the outside community (with an awareness of the cultural context they are operating in), to ensure, where possible that they ‘buy into’ the culture of wellbeing the school/college is trying to create, and are able to continue the focus on this outside school hours.
What is the time commitment?

Senior mental health lead training - a community-wide approach to improving mental health outcomes in your school or FE college is a two day course delivered on two dates over the term with self-study to be completed in the period between training dates. Delegates are also invited to attend an optional two hour reflective space. To maximise the benefits of the course, delegates are encouraged to complete all 7 modules and the 6 hours of self-study between the two training dates. Additional reflective tasks and reading will be provided for those wanting to continue their development beyond the course close.

What is the course structure?

The course is broken down into 7 modules delivered online in live sessions:

Day 1

  1. Understanding the role of a leader in creating an environment and culture that promotes wellbeing
  2. Embedding mental health and wellbeing into an existing curriculum
  3. Developing and supporting staff
  4. Engaging the systems around a child or young person

Day 2

  1. Identifying and understanding need
  2. Understanding the impact of Mental Health intervention
  3. Creating a targeted approach for referral and intervention
What other resources are available?

A community of practice channel will be in place for the duration of the course. We welcome discussion on the live sessions and the tasks, as well as any topics relating to the role.

How much does it cost?

The total cost for the course is £800 per delegate.

This price covers:

  • Two days of live sessions with our experts
  • An optional two hour reflective session
  • A wide range of evidence-based resources, including a handbook
  • Access to a community of practice comprised by other education colleagues
How do I sign up and access the Department for Education funding?

The DfE grant application service is now open. Please apply now to secure your grant now. 

Please follow these steps to ensure you access funding:

    1. Check the eligibility of your school or FE college on the Department for Education’s terms and conditions
    2. Complete the DfE grant funding form 
    3. Receive confirmation email from DfE
    4. Book and pay for your place on our SMHL training
    5. Upload evidence of your booking to DfE
    6. Receive funding from DfE

 

Contact information

For further information on the training please contact: smhl.training@annafreud.org

"A very valuable resource that has empowered and motivated me to strive for better." SMHL delegate

"A great interactive day which was fast paced and informative. Can't wait for the next one!" SMHL delegate

  • 7 online modules over two training days and an optional 2 hour online reflective session

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